Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mandatory insurance for doctors pushed in Singapore

A proposal is being pushed in Singapore seeking to make insurance coverage mandatory for all doctors.

The Singapore Medical Council (SMC) and the health ministry are lobbying for insurance that will protect physicians in the city from claims made by patients and their families.

In the same manner, such cover would also reassure patients that they will be covered if negligence is proven against their doctor.

The insurance will cover not just the cost of court cases but also any reimbursement that might have to be made to patients and their families.

However, there will also be a choice for the doctor to settle the complaint rather than fight it in court.

In Singapore, the majority of doctors use this kind of insurance coverage, despite its expense.

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